Reverse Shibori Moneta

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I bleached my dress, on purpose. A friend, who got married in a very small ceremony after college, invited me to a “celebration of marriage” dinner at Siam Cafe (which is so delicious, and the first time I’ve ever eaten jellyfish). After the dinner I had to meet my parents at the Phantasy in Lakewood […]

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

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I admittedly had a hard time with this skirt. I was really dragging my feet when it came to working on it, and struggled to find motivation to finish it. Not that it was a difficult make; I just made it in such a summery material that, at this time of year, I have a […]

Wintery Wool Colette Zinnia

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I started this wool skirt a month ago in anticipation of the impending “winter wonderland,” then set it aside for some last-minute gifty stuff. At the end of December I traveled to Charleston with my family and the dog to visit my sister. It was so wonderful — basking in the warm sun, drinking good […]

Victory Chloe

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Here it is, the Victory Chloe Dress! If you shop in our store, you may have seen this on display for quite a while. It took me probably as long to blog about this dress as it did to make it, which is  a long time! This dress was finished about three weeks ago, in […]

Welcome to Cleveland, Merchant & Mills!

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“In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta – there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark. All day long […]

“Indigo” Anna

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First, this dress is supposed to be indigo. That only kind of worked and I’m a little salty about it. I wanted to make myself a birthday dress, and after much waffling and Google-imaging, I decided on the By Hand London Anna Dress. Every dress I’ve seen made-up is absolutely gorgeous, but I wasn’t sure […]

Oh Georgia

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Sometimes when we get new fabric in, I know exactly what it will become. I love seeing a vision realized. Check it! This is the By Hand London Georgia Dress, made with this Tufted Polyester Organza. It’s kind of a crazy fabric, almost like wearing faux fur, but also with sparkles. Someone recently bought a […]

Tropical Saltspring

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Just in time for the end of summer, I’ve made a tropical-print summer dress! Actually, I’ll probably wear it all year… And it feels like summer has only just begun! This is the Sewaholic Saltspring in Suno Tropical Knit. I debated making this for a while because I wasn’t sure if it would be super […]

Linen Thurlow Shorts

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I’ve been planning these Sewaholic Thurlow shorts since last year. I’m not sure why they’ve taken me so long, though. I looooove this linen. It’s nice to have a pair of shorts without whales printed on them, because as much as I love them, they don’t really “go” with a lot of my stuff. Like […]

Deer and Doe Centauree

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If you haven’t seen the Deer & Doe Centauree Dress yet, check out these style lines! It’s s pretty simple summer dress, and very easy to construct, but it has interesting front seaming. As soon as I saw this design, I thought, “this would be a very cool dress for playing with stripes!” Instead I […]

Meadow Maxi

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Standing in front of our patio garden is the Violette Field Threads Emmaline maxi dress. Emmaline “is a beautiful floor length maxi. The bodice features a ruffled halter neckline with an elastic back. One, two, or even three ruffles are included for a flowing, dreamy look.” Not much wind today, so I haven’t seen the […]

Electric Sequined Laurel

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A few weeks ago we met with our fabric rep, Diana,  and ordered some fantastic new fabric. I mentioned that Nan and I fell in love with this brown corded sequins net, mostly because the swatch was layered over a brilliant blue and the combination was so stunning. Check it out: I layered the sequins […]

Deer & Doe Datura

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This must be the millionth Datura blouse I’ve made, but it’s one of my favorite patterns, so I’ll probably make it another million times. This one I lengthened by 3″ so I could wear it with leggings and not have to worry about showing everyone all of my butt. The main fabric here is Liberty […]

A Wintery Sureau

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The Deer & Doe Sureau pattern is described as a “mid-season dress.” To that I say, “Not if I make it out of wool!” So here is my wintery Sureau. Mid-season in Cleveland can get pretty cold, so this dress will see a lot of action. It’s made out of our Italian wool flannel. My […]

Deer & Doe : Chardon Skirt

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Inspired by the translucency of the petticoat I made for my friend’s skirt, and how beautifully the light came through the skirt that draped so elegantly over it, I made a new skirt for the petticoat. This is the Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt, which we sell in-store only. It’s a simple pleated skirt with […]

How to Look Good with a Date

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Or, how to look cheesy with a date? Nah. A couple weeks ago I went to my friend’s wedding, and I made a Deer & Doe Sureau dress out of a Liberty print (which I still need to blog about!). And I thought it would be hilarious to make my boyfriend a matching necktie, “so […]

Datura Blouse to Dress : A Tutorial

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Remember when I said I would make another dress from the Deer & Doe Datura Blouse? Well I did that, almost immediately after I committed myself to it. Unfortunately, making something and blogging about it are two completely different kettles of fish. Why can’t projects just blog about themselves? Anyway, we’re still out of stock […]

Violette Fields Ginger Sundress

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I can see why so many people love to sew for kids! I think I spent more time deciding on fabric than on actually constructing this dress! And you don’t have to finagle with fit very much, so that’s a huge plus. We have a relatively new dressform, but not many pieces that fit her. […]

Dyed Dobby Chantilly Dress

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Last week, I wrote about that super cool dobby weave fabric that I dyed. And, as promised, it is now a Colette Chantilly dress! Here it is! The Little Italy Artwalk was this past weekend, but despite all that craziness I managed to get it done! I’m pretty pleased. Although I usually determine how much […]